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Feeling A Draft: What's On Television Sunday, August 22

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The 2010 football season is all but upon us. While we're rapidly approaching single digits to the march to at least the kickoff of football of the collegiate variety, we're still about to run head on into quite the tease of a week. This next week will serve as that goading barrier between a long, long baron football-less desert and the real thing finally tasting like that first drink of water after a long run. And while it'd be approaching high comedy to paint myself into any kind of class remotely resembling endurance athlete, I can't help but think the next seven days serve as little more than mile 20 or so of a marathon, where by which you've realized you're close enough to know the suck is over, but you're still facing a mental battle for the next 20 minutes or so to wrap your brain around the fact that the end is so close.

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In the interim, I can only recommend passing the time with as crude of a facsimile of football'age yet strangely satisfying and compelling as they come: fantasy football. If you're a fantasy football guy, no doubt the time spent researching, the A.D.D. theatre du jour that is the draft/auction, and the whole forum/message board/e-mail group smack talk is about to kick into high gear. In fact, yours truly is about to partake in day two of a grueling two day, extensive salary cap, every-player-is-a-keeper, contract/salary cap'ed phenomenon that could only be accurately classified as some kind of "franhicse"/"dynasty" league. Sure some people might be weirded out when I tell them that 2/3 of the league traveled some cumulative 3000+ miles to come in from various corners of the United States to a catered draft complete with Lockhart bar-b-que and a perfectly cooled keg of Shiner (dare I say 'draft' beer? /showsselfout), but to anyone actually down with the fantasy grind, it probably sounds like heaven. Yours truly and our very own Rivers McCown will also be draft'ing up the sloppiest slop the NFL landscape has to offer this afternoon in the Football Outsiders inspired Jonathan Wells Memorial League with other Battle Red Blog/Texan aficionado types. The premise of the league is simple: you're rewarded for ineptitude and failure. First round pick Jake Delhomme, what, what?

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So setup your war rooms, cash out that DVR of pre-season games, and sleep with Football Outsiders 2010 taped to your face so you can learn via osmosis. We're not quite there, but that draft your feeling will certainly make the next 11 or so days seems like a sweet dream when the real thing's finally here.

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Baseball

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12:10, FSHouston - Astros at Marlins.

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1:00, TBS - Giants at Cardinals.

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1:10, WGN - Braves at Cubs.

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7:00, ESPN - Angels at Twins.

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Football

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7:00, NBC - Preseason: Vikings at 49ers.

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Basketball

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9:00, ESPN2 - US Men's National Team vs. Spain, tape-delayed from the Global Community Cup.

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